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Frequently Asked Questions - Coaching
What is coaching?
A coaching relationship a partnership in which the client’s agenda and goals are at the forefront of every conversation. The coach can help a client:
- Find clarity in their goals
- Create reasonable action plans
- Stay accountable to these plans
- Overcome an internal or external barriers that may prevent a client from succeeding
As a coach, I am an expert in behavior and belief change. I listen for patterns, limiting beliefs, and the energy of your words, then share my findings or challenge you so that you can be successful.
What are the benefits of coaching?
- Greater self-awareness
- Clarity in goals
- More conscious/better decision making
- Better management of stress and triggers
- Self-empowerment – the idea is that through coaching the client also learns new ways of thinking so that he/she can address future challenges
- Increased speed of problem resolution
How is coaching different from other service professions?
Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions may be a natural outcome of coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.
Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.
Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counseling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counseling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.
Training: Training programs are based on objectives set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached, with guidance provided by the coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.
Athletic Development: Though sports metaphors are often used, professional coaching is different from sports coaching. The athletic coach is often seen as an expert who guides and directs the behavior of individuals or teams based on his or her greater experience and knowledge. Professional coaches possess these qualities, but their experience and knowledge of the individual or team determines the direction. Additionally, professional coaching, unlike athletic development, does not focus on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly. Instead, the focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.
What can I be coached on?
Coaching as a process works with any challenge. It’s really amazing when you experience coaching and see how much clarity and progress you can make in just a few sessions:
In the past I have successfully coached people on the following:
- Weight loss
- Clarity in which career path to pursue
- Increasing motivation and follow through in the job search process
- Greater knowledge of personal values, gifts, strengths to help start job search process
- Managing stress/work-life balance
- Transitions – empty nest syndrome
- How to handle conflicts in relationships
- Financial health
- And much more
What can I expect from a coaching session?
In general, our coaching sessions would last for one hour (although other arrangements can be made) by phone or in-person (Seattle area). In the initial session, we will assess where you are starting from and discuss what you’d like to work on in the coming weeks. Between sessions you will work on your commitments for the week. In subsequent sessions, we will always check in on your progress in your goals, discuss any blocks, and also action steps for you to move forward in the coming week(s).
What would our coaching relationship be like?
You can expect from me to be hold your hand when the going gets tough but also to give you a “loving kick in the butt” when I feel like you are not living your full potential. As a coach, I am dedicated 110% in empowering you to achieve your goals. If you dedicate yourself just as much, prepare to see some radical, lasting changes in your life! See Praise for more information.
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